Skip to main content

Minneapolis objects, but committee approves Southwest LRT tunnels

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Southwest light-rail project has lurched forward. Metro leaders voted in favor of putting the Southwest light rail in a tunnel through Minneapolis' Kenilworth corridor, despite opposition from Minneapolis city leaders, including Mayor Betsy Hodges, according to media reports.

The leaders voted 11-2 in favor of the tunnels, the Star Tribune says. The Metropolitan Council, which is overseeing the Southwest Corridor light-rail project, will vote on this recommendation at its April 9 meeting.

Then what? The Star Tribune says, if approved, the plan will prompt negotiations to see if there's room for compromise or "if [Minneapolis] will threaten to play spoiler for the project."

Hennepin County, as well as all five cities impacted, will have to agree on the plan by June 29 in order to stay on track, KSTP says.

The project, which would cost $1.6 billion, will run 16 miles from downtown Minneapolis through St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, WCCO says.

For the last year the Metropolitan Council has been looking for different ways to appease people who live around where the Green Line extension from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie will be built, but everything the planners proposed made one group or another upset.

Metro leaders had confirmed their support for the tunnels last October, but Gov. Mark Dayton put the recommendation on hold after Minneapolis objected to the plan and demanded more studies, which delayed the project at the cost of at least $45 million, the Star Tribune says. These delays have pushed the project's opening date, originally set for 2018, to at least 2019.

Earlier this week, transit planners reaffirmed their recommendation to run the proposed light rail in two shallow tunnels through the Kenliworth recreation area of Minneapolis. The light-rail trains will emerge from the tunnels for about 20 seconds on a new bridge over the channel between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles, FOX 9 says.

The other option was to reroute freight traffic through St. Louis Park.

Next Up

Brandon Gardas

St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million

A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.

20210722_hhc_570

Minnesota's premier trauma center housed at HCMC

The Minneapolis center is nationally recognized in pediatric trauma

Crisp & Green

Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July

The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.

FLickr - Target Field 2019 - mark grabe

Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field

Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.

10974344_886755688011981_7448860726679919201_o

Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville

It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.

Screen Shot 2022-06-27 at 12.47.20 PM

Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais

The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, June 27

BA.5 is expected to become the dominant subvariant in Minnesota.

police lights squad car

60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home

SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line booked to play at the Minnesota State Fair

The band is the second country music act to be booked this year.

monkeypox

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says the risk to the public is "considered low" at this time.

lightning, storm

Isolated severe weather in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday

Definitely not a slam dunk either day, but the chance is there.

Related